Supporting Teaching and Learning In Schools Level 3 Award NCFE CACHE

A Classroom Assistant provides valuable support to the teacher and offers encouragement and help for children experiencing learning difficulties. The classroom assistant role is one of the most rewarding careers out there, providing job satisfaction by helping students overcome hurdles that they wouldn’t overcome alone. As a classroom assistant, each day is different and each day along with its own set of challenges will provide you with opportunities to use your skills and talents to enhance the lives of others. This is the most up-to-date version of the Supporting Teaching and Learning In Schools Level 3 Award – released January 2018.

This online course results in a recognisable qualification and is available to learners who aspire to work within a school, particularly in the role of a Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is a knowledge based qualification which can be studied prior to taking up a placement or permanent position in a school. It is ideally suited to students seeking a qualification prior to taking up a learning support position as well as providing initial training/induction for those new in post.

This distance learning course aims to enable learners to understand the roles and responsibilities of those involved in supporting teaching and learning in schools, and provides an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to do this effectively and in a self-directed way. It will prepare learners to support the Teacher and the delivery of curriculum within a school, as well as developing skills to help children and young people to develop self-esteem, independence and skills for learning and seeks to further develop professional and technical skills and knowledge, and an understanding of the importance of positive relationships within a school. This is a knowledge based qualification assessed through tutor marked assignments and does not require a school placement. The qualification provides a progression route to the level 3 award and four unit credits towards that qualification

This qualification seeks to develop the knowledge and understanding that all those working in a school setting will need, and covers areas such as safeguarding, communication and understanding the school context; it is an invaluable addition to your CV.

This course is fully recognised and accepted by Ofsted. It is the shorter version of the Supporting Teaching and Learning In Schools Level 3 Certificate, and does not require a placement in a school.
A formal qualification

This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course ref: X300A
Qualification code: 603/2495/8
Official Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

Up to 80 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 4 months

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course, our suggested number of study hours is up to 85 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 4 months. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, PowerPoint presentations, video/audio recordings, work-based and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.



Students are required to compile a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates their learning against each of the assessment criteria of the course. Portfolios are assessed by your tutor.


Course Outcomes

In 2015, NCFE acquired CACHE. As of September 2017, our CACHE courses will now be known as NCFE CACHE, and you will receive your certificate from both awarding bodies.

This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 3 certification. NCFE CACHE have been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and are one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

NCFE CACHE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: The Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government, and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Additional Information
Official Qualification Title
NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
Level 3
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Minimum Enrolment Age
16 years
Section 1
Schools and colleges as organisations

Prepare yourself for work in a learning environment. Gain knowledge of the structures of education; how schools are organised; school ethos, mission, aims and values; legislative and policy frameworks, as well as the wider context in which schools operate.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start.  However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Certificate is a longer course and requires a 100- hour work placement, we understand that this is not possible for everyone and so we also offer this non-practical route. It is an ideal course to ensure you have the basic skills and knowledge to gain work as a Teaching Assistant. Once you have gained employment you will be in a suitable position to complete your practical assessment and study further on either the STL Certificate course or our Higher Level Teaching Assistant course.
This version of the course does not require an observation.  However, we do recommend attempting to complete the full Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools and Colleges Level 3 Certificate to ensure you are completely job-ready.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

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Stasia Newman

I had been working as a TA for some time and decided it was time to get qualified!  I spoke to lots of colleges and decided upon Oxbridge as the website was easily navigatable, the whole team (that I encountered) were supportive, the advisor was great, explained everything in detail for me.  The finance team were also very helpful, as i had prviously had poor credit, obtaining the credit wasn’t as straight forward as it could have been. Then I had a few issues providing proof of address as I had literally just moved house!   I decided to do an online course because I need to be free of any inconvenience.  This has really helped me in my work to implement new strategies so I can support the children better.  Stress-free and personal. Highly recommend.

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Oxbridge answered all my queries quickly and efficiently.  Grant patiently explained the differences between similar courses and what would work best for me.  I enrolled the same day and the course arrived, along with my login details.   The information was very informative and detailed. I didn’t pass first time around, but the tutor did help me to understand where I had gone wrong and the second time I passed.

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Jac Kennedy

An RQF is recognised by all schools in the UK so it really put my mind at rest knowing that this is a trusted qualification. Delighted I enrolled and have since enhanced my employability.

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